Around the web: Interviews, awards and more

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Welcome back for another edition of Around the Web.

We’ll start today at 1Up, where they’ve got an Afterthoughts interview with Emil. In it, Emil discusses design decisions, inspirations, as well as some things you might not have known about the game.  Here’s an excerpt:

1UP: The first time you played the game all the way through, what kind of character build did you use?

Emil: I’ve played the game at the office so many times, with so many different characters, at so many different stages of development, that I honestly can’t remember the first! But I do remember one of my favorites. I’d made this guy with Tag Skills in Science, Energy Weapons, and Speech. And every time I hit a option in dialogue, I would take it. It actually took me several hours of play before I looked at my character — and his suave little moustache — and then it hit me…I’d inadvertently created Tony Stark. I’d been playing the whole game in the role of Tony Stark, and hadn’t even realized it.

In Emil’s interview, there are a few references to the upcoming DLC. For more DLC discussion, check out WonderWallWeb, where there’s a new interview with Jeff Gardiner. Here’s a quick preview:

Can you tell us a little about the experience players will have in Operation Anchorage and what situations they will find themselves in?

Jeff Gardiner: The player will be tasked with taking the main Chinese stronghold outside of Anchorage.  Along the way they’ll pick up new weaponry, and even get to command a small strike force of their choosing.  They’ll be able to pick what type of team they’d like to create, and then how to utilize them in succeeding in their objective.

Speaking of Operation: Anchorage, it appears news of the DLC has made its way to Alaska by way of the Anchorage Daily News. I have to wonder what some residents of the Land of Midnight Sun had to think when they read the introduction.

More news after the break…

With only a couple days left in the year, it’s officially award season, and Fallout 3 has picked up a few new honors. Last week both Crispy Gamer and GamaSutra named Fallout 3 as their #1 game for 2008. The Crispy Gamer trophy is shown above, and I can only hope that a trophy like that is being sent over. :)

Elsewhere, Fallout 3 picked up a few awards at Gamespot — including Best Role-Playing Game and Best PC Game. After being named the #1 game of 2008 by EuroGamer readers, today the site’s editors declared the game their runner-up for GOTY. To see more honors for Fallout 3, check out Examiner, GamingShogun, ActionTrip, Cheat Code Central, Cinema Blend, Sky, Bit-Tech, and the Seattle Times.

Finally, at MMO Gamer, there’s an interview with ZeniMax Online president Matt Firor that will give you some insight into what our friends in Hunt Valley are doing. Keep in mind when reading it that the interview was actually conducted backin August at the Leipzig Game Convention.

That’s all for now.

Reader Comments

  1. [Emil: It actually took me several hours of play before I looked at my character — and his suave little moustache — and then it hit me…I’d inadvertently created Tony Stark. I’d been playing the whole game in the role of Tony Stark, and hadn’t even realized it.]

    SHOCKING! I wonder how that would play out in REAL life? Especially when waking up with a hockey mask and machete on the floor.